Supersonic | September 14, 2010

When I saw that there will soon be a private jet with the ability to cruise faster than the speed of sound I began to eye my piggy bank with a combination of bloodthirstiness (Jon smash!), disappointment (piggy empty) and delusion (pig made up for illustrative purposes). Still, at 80 million dollars, I figured I could scrape the funds together if I stopped eating and sold a few friends into slavery.

New supersonic private jet...

Enjoying the high speed machine porn of the marketing pictures my attention was caught by the wings. Not space age delta efforts but stubby little things. I like my planes but I don’t have a broad range of spotter knowledge; even so those wings reminded me of something…

Old supersonic military deathtrap...

Finally it came to me, they looked like the wings of the F-104 Starfighter, a plane that most schoolboys of my age remember as much for its name as anything else. The 104 is well known for 2 things:

1. Killing pilots

2. Nearly killing Chuck Yeager

Yeager survived ditching in occupied France, survived the Nazis and broke the sound barrier with a broken rib. Admittedly the 104 that he was flying had a rocket to boost it to extra heights and Yeager didn’t bother to read the operational notes of the plane, but still, he was a fine pilot and the plane nearly killed him.

The F-104 Starfighter - A lovely bird, but where are its wings?

In light of this I have decided not to order one of these deathtrap flying machines and have elected to stick with the bus instead.


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